Nikon D3, 80-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th

Nikon D3, 80-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1000th

I started my day off at Gymnastics to shoot the women’s team all around final. China and USA were projected to go head to head for the gold and they certainly lived up to the predictions.

Nikon D3, 80-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1250th

Everything was going fine until Alicia Sacramone took to the balance beam in their second to last rotation. When she leaped up to the beam to begin her rotation she went off balance and fell to the floor to the gasp of the capacity crowd on hand.

Nikon D3, 80-200mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1250th

After her fall she immediately got back on and did her routine but it was very obvious she was affected by the fall and lacked her usual excitement. After she finished she headed over to her coach who consoled her momentarily.

Nikon D3, 80-200mm, f2.8, 1/1250th

Next up was the final event, the floor exercise, USA went into that round exactly one point behind China and definitely still had a chance of passing China to take the gold. Sacramone was up first and perhaps had a chance to redeem her previous fall. Nope didn’t happen, instead she fell once and stepped out of bounds twice instantly sealing the fate of the USA.

Nikon D3, 400mm, 2500iso, f2.8, 1/1250th

As she stood there waiting for her score and finally seeing the low score pop up you could see the pain and disappointment all over her face. The last two USA gymnasts did their routines and theirs were sloppy as well and they were left to sit on the sidelines and watch China.

Nikon D3, 400mm with 1.4 convertor (550mm) 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th

China put in a safe floor routine to easily take the gold medal by 3 points, leaving USA with the silver.

Nikon D3, 400mm with 1.4 convertor (550mm) 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th

With that finished I transmitted real quick then hopped a bus over to Water Polo. I stayed there about 45 minutes to shoot a preliminary match between USA and Italy.

Nikon D3, 400mm with 1.4 convertor (550mm) 4000iso, f4, 1/1250th

Water Polo is an easy sport to get some cool images at but for some reason I really don’t enjoy shooting it too much.

Nikon D3, 400mm with 1.4 convertor (550mm) 2500iso, f4, 1/1250th

As I was shooting I noticed the roof had a cool pattern to it so I threw on a wider lens and waited for the action to get close to me and fired off a decent overall shot.

Nikon D3, 24-70mm , 800iso, f2.8, 1/800th

The game ended in a tie and I rolled out of there, caught another bus and went to shoot Judo. By this time I was pretty tired and I got to the event late so I just shot from an elevated position and really didn’t get anything I liked during my hour spent there.

Nikon D3, 400mm, 2000iso, f3.5, 1/1250th

The one good thing was a USA athlete won a bronze medal so right after I shot that it was back on a bus to the main press center to transmit and then get the hell back to the hotel to get some sleep before my next full day of events.

Nikon D3, 400mm with 1.4 convertor (550mm) 3200iso, f4, 1/1000th

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7 responses to “China Domination”

  1. Chris & Cami says:

    LOVE the shot of Sacramone being consoled by her coach…really shows the human side of the Olympics! And thanks for finding a way to put the gear and settings under the images…you ROCK!!!

  2. John Setzler says:

    I’m a Canon shooter and I’m really amazed at the high ISO performance of the Nikon D3. Your photos, as usual, are amazing… keep up the great work 🙂

  3. David Meyer says:

    Great images as usual Mark. Thanks for posting the EXIF data as well. That’s really interesting to me. Leads me to believe that we’re seeing images from these Olympics that we would have never seen before due to advances in technology (and skill behind the eyepiece, of course). Those ISO numbers are through the roof yet the photos look outstanding. Try that with a 1D MK I (if you could) and it would look like they were performing in a snow storm.

  4. Rob says:

    Neat stuff! Thanks for posting all this, especially your stories. I’m enjoying it very much. Also thanks for the details (shutter speed, etc.) of the shots. Good luck!

  5. Geoff Bolte says:

    Hey Mark, once again great images. Looks as though you were on the “main” floor for gymnastics. As you were using your 80-200. Some great shots you got. Glad to see them.

  6. Brad Person says:

    Great shots, Mark! The files from your D3 look gorgeous. Hard to believe you are getting 1000 shutter speeds indoors, even with convertors. I’m jealous. I stuck with Canon with the Mark III but had to go back to my Mark IIn’s. Hope they come out with something to at least catch up to Nikon soon 🙂

  7. Joey says:


    The shot of Sacramone seeing her score screams frustration on her part!! Great image!!


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